NBA News: League Sends Memo To Teams Reinforcing National Anthem Rule
Nba News: League Sends Memo To Teams Reinforcing National Anthem Rule
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The political climate in this country has spilled into the sports world after President Donald Trump attacked NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump’s attention turned to the NBA when Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he wouldn’t take the trip to the White House, leading to Trump taking away the offer. Many NBA players spoke out against the President’s actions, and now with the NBA season nearing there are questions as to whether some NBA players could participate in national anthem protests.

In an effort to get out in front of that possibility, Commissioner Adam Silver recently spoke out, urging players to stand for the anthem. Now, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the NBA has sent a memo to all 30 teams reinforcing the already existing rule that requires players to stand:

The NBA sent a memo late Friday to teams reinforcing its rule that players and coaches stand for the national anthem, suggesting other ways in which they might address the recent protest movement sweeping across the NFL and other sports.

Inside the memo, the league stated that they have the discretion to discipline any players who violate the rule, amongst other things:

The memo states that individual teams “do not have the discretion to waive” the rule that players, coaches and staff stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule. It is not clear if the league would exercise it in the event of any protest. The league also does not want teams independently disciplining players, sources say, and has encouraged open dialogue within teams.

In sending out the memo, the NBA was not trying to downplay any of the issues that have been at the forefront of the NFL protests, but rather reminding teams and players that these rules exist. The league suggested different things such as joint pregame addresses from teams or a video PSA as actions that could take place.

With stars such as Curry and LeBron James being so outspoken on these issues we will almost certainly see them addressed at arenas when the regular season starts. Players sitting during the anthem however, now seems unlikely.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Team Open To Vander Blue On Summer League Team

After spending the season in the D-League with the Los Angeles Lakers…

Breaking Down Newest Lakers: What Do They Bring to the Table?

After the trade dust settled, Dwight Howard remained in Orlando and Pau…

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James Plan To Visit Brazil For 2014 FIFA World Cup

[new_royalslider id=”298″] With free agency set to begin tonight, the Los Angeles…

Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Details Learning How To Improve At Center Position

With the Los Angeles Lakers only having three centers on their roster, and a lack of a clear-cut backup, Kyle Kuzma…